During a talk show on local radio last week, a topic about the meaning of salvation to Jehovah’s Witness was brought up for discussion. After a few minutes, the moderators were on fire as everyone had a different view on the topic.
Being one of the moderators with deep knowledge of Jehovah’s Witness culture and doctrine, I addressed the topic. Considering the calls that came through from our listeners towards the end of the show, I realized this was a question to many people.
Consequently, I decided to write this article, Are Jehovah’s Witnesses Saved?
The Watchtower theology speculates that only members of the anointed class or group are saved. The other group, which is the great crowd or the other sheep, is not saved.
This article discusses the meaning of salvation to Jehovah’s Witness in detail and how it differs from other Christian domains.
Read the article to the end to learn more.
What do Jehovah’s Witnesses believe about salvation?
Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that salvation is not guaranteed but instead conditional upon one’s acts and obedience to God’s commands. They emphasize the importance of living a righteous and good moral life.
They believe people must actively engage in good works and adhere to Jehovah’s moral standards to earn salvation.
Jehovah’s Witness also believe that salvation is through faith. They believe that salvation comes through faith in Jehovah God and consider Jehovah the one true God and don’t believe in the person of the Holy Spirit.
They believe that salvation is not for everyone. Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that only a limited number of individuals, often referred to as the “anointed,” will be saved and go to heaven.
What does salvation mean for a Jehovah’s Witness?
Jehovah’s Witnesses have distinct beliefs and practices that set them apart from other Christian beliefs, reflected in their understanding of salvation.
To Jehovah’s Witness, salvation is the exclusive worship of God and recognition of God’s name, which is Jehovah.
They believe salvation is living a God-centered way of life. That is, living in accordance with the teachings and principles outlined in the bible as the watch tower society interprets it and participating in the preaching work.
They base this on their interpretation of Ephesians 2:8-9 that the work emphasized here is regular engagement in the door-to-door ministry: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”
What does it take for a Jehovah’s Witness to get salvation?
Some students of Jehovah’s Witnesses theology say that Jehovah’s Witnesses have specific actions taken for one to get salvation, which are sometimes different from other Christian domains.
These may include;
Accepting the Jehovah’s Witness interpretation of the bible taught by the organization leaders. Accepting these interpretations is considered essential for achieving salvation within the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ theological framework.
Having faith in Jehovah. Jehovah’s Witness believe that for one to get salvation, they must have faith in Jehovah God. They emphasize a personal relationship with God and view Him as the only means of salvation.
The other thing a Jehovah’s Witness can do to get salvation is receive baptism. To Jehovah’s Witnesses, baptism symbolizes dedication to God and one’s commitment to living according to biblical principles as understood by the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Do Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that salvation is a continuous work?
Yes. Jehovah’s Witnesses believe salvation depends on continuous faith and adherence to their beliefs and practices.
Therefore, to Jehovah’s Witness, salvation is an ongoing work that requires faith, obedience, and active participation in their religious activities. It is something that must be maintained throughout one’s life.
Jehovah’s Witnesses view salvation as a process that depends on their ongoing faith, obedience to Jehovah’s God, adherence to their specific teachings, and endurance in faith to the end.
Can you lose your salvation, according to Jehovah’s Witness?
According to Jehovah’s Witness, one can lose their salvation, and they base this on their interpretation of Jude 1:3: “Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people.”
They believe that if you belong to their group, you are saved and that if you happen not to follow the practices of the religion, you can lose this salvation.
Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t believe in the concept of eternal security, or that once saved, then it is finished. They believe that one’s salvation is not guaranteed and can be lost.
Salvation is attached to one’s continuous faithfulness, obedience to God’s commands, and active involvement in religious activities.
They also believe that if you engage yourself in actions that are considered sinful, like dis-fellowshipping, rejection of Jehovah’s Witnesses’ core teachings, or unrepentant serious sin, you can lose your salvation.
Is the concept of salvation in Jehovah’s Witness the same as with other Christian denominations?
The concept of Jehovah’s Witness’s salvation differs in some key aspects from that of other Christian denominations.
Their theology and understanding of salvation are unique and different.
For example, Jehovah’s Witness emphasizes the importance of works specifically engaging in door-to-door evangelism and living according to their interpretation of the bible’s moral code as a means of achieving salvation.
At the same time, other Christian denominations believe that you believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that you are born again, and you are saved.
The other example is Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t believe in atonement as taught by other denominations. They don’t believe that Jesus’ death on the cross atoned for the sins of humanity.
Instead, they believe that Jesus’ death provides the opportunity for salvation, and individuals must actively cooperate with God’s purpose.
It’s important to note that Jehovah’s Witnesses have unique beliefs that set them apart from many other Christian denominations, and their understanding of salvation is in line with these distinctive theological perspectives to attain it.
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